Race discrimination is treating people unfairly because of their race, which includes their colour, country of birth, ancestry, or nationality.
It is also racial discrimination to treat people unfairly because of the race of their relatives, friends or workmates.
International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination message
Today, 21 March 2013, in Australia we celebrate our diversity with Harmony Day, and focus on the message ‘everyone belongs’. Harmony Day coincides with the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. This year’s theme is ‘Racism and Sport’; a problem which continues to cause concern in many parts of the world, and at times here in Australia. The theme also highlights the positive role that sports can play in combating race discrimination.
Originally submitted on 20 March, 2013 - 14:32. Last updated on 4 April, 2013 - 10:39.
Acting Commission, Anne Burgess, attended the Australian and New Zealand Race Relations Roundtable from 16-17 April 2012. See below for a Communique from the Australian Human Rights Commission about the Roundtable:
Originally submitted on 18 April, 2012 - 12:13. Last updated on 14 May, 2012 - 14:16.
District Court Judge Susanne Cole has upheld a complaint of racial discrimination against the Ceduna Community Hotel.
In a decision delivered in the Equal Opportunity Tribunal on 15 December, Judge Cole found the hotel had discriminated against Joylene Haynes because of her race. Judge Cole ordered the hotel to pay Ms Haynes $3000 in compensation.
Originally submitted on 16 December, 2011 - 10:25. Last updated on 20 December, 2011 - 12:13.
Lois, an Aboriginal woman, claims she was evicted from her tenancy in a regional town on the basis of racially-motivated complaints by her neighbour. She said that she was not given an opportunity to respond to these complaints.
She made a complaint of race discrimination against her housing authority.
In the meantime Lois' lawyer put submissions to her housing authority that the neighbour's complaints could not be substantiated.
The authority accepted these submissions and gave her alternative accommodation.
Lucetta lodged a complaint on behalf of her daughter Rihanna, who attended a suburban school. Lucetta alleged that Rihanna was asked repeatedly by teachers to remove her necklace, despite other students wearing jewellery within view. She alleged that this inconsistent application of uniform policy amounted to discrimination on the ground of race.
Lucetta subsequently removed her daughter from the school.
At conciliation, Lucetta requested $600 for loss of income (monies paid to the school as a joining fee), and a letter of regret from the school. The matter was settled on this basis.
Michelle, an Aboriginal teacher, said she was not served in a large regional supermarket. When she complained to the manager, the shop assistant said, "I couldn't see her because of the colour of her skin". Michelle said this was witnessed by a non-Aboriginal colleague. Michelle was quite distressed and went back into the store to follow up with the manager, but did not feel the matter was properly dealt with.
At conciliation, the store undertook to provide discrimination training to all staff and pay Michelle $1500 compensation.
Helen, an Aboriginal woman, applied to a finance company in a large regional town for a $4,000 personal loan towards a car. The loan was approved over the phone.
At conciliation, the company agreed to consider a new application for finance from Helen, to investigate the customer service provided to her, to nominate the company's Branch Manager as a person she can approach if she has any further concerns about their service, and to offer an apology for any inconvenience Helen experienced.
The settlement agreement was signed by the finance company but at that point contact was lost with Helen.